It was back in the warm and relatively carefree days of summer that I stumbled across a rather unusual find when out searching for insects among the wildflowers. In among a cluster of corn chamomile flowers growing beside the harbour wall, was this rather unusual looking bloom.
This particular stem and in a conjoined or elongated flower head, quite unlike the usual symmetrical petal arrangement. The bizarre formation is caused by a process known as ‘fasciation’. This occurs when the growing tip of the plant is damaged and can be due to a variety of causes, from random genetic mutation, to pests or chemicals in the environment and other diseases of the plant.
Fasciation is a relatively rare occurrence in nature and so I am quite pleased to have discovered this little oddity on my own doorstep.
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